Alert as crooks steal from cars

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

MO­TORISTS have been urged to be vig­i­lant af­ter a spate of thefts from cars in Run­corn.

Chief In­spec­tor Sarah Heath, of Run­corn Lo­cal Polic­ing Unit, said the in­ci­dents have been scat­tered around the town with the most re­cent of­fences in Hal­ton Vil­lage but also Green­way Road.

She said the rate had been ‘much higher’ dur­ing Septem­ber than usual.

Of­fences have mainly tar­geted ve­hi­cles that have not been left in­se­cure.

There is also a sus­pi­cion that thieves might be look­ing for when wing mir­rors have not re­tracted be­cause they au­to­mat­i­cally close on newer ve­hi­cles when locked and it is easy for crooks to work out which ones are un­locked.

Driv­ers have been re­minded of es­sen­tial ways to avoid fall­ing prey to thieves.

Mo­torists should re­move any por­ta­ble sat­nav sys­tem and as­so­ci­ated fit­tings, as well as re­mem­ber­ing to wipe suc­tion marks off the wind­screen.

All win­dows and the sun­roof should also be shut when leav­ing a car, and make sure the doors are locked.

Mark items such as CD play­ers and sat­navs with the owner’s post­code or ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion with a se­cu­rity marker,

Blue­tooth should be switched off in cars where it is a fea­ture, as thieves can ex­ploit it on some ve­hi­cles to gain en­try.

Never leave a car run­ning to de­frost on the drive.

Driv­ers can also buy theftre­sis­tant num­ber plates.

At home never leave car keys near a door or win­dow as they can be re­trieved us­ing a fish­ing rod or sim­i­lar item.

Avoid leav­ing keys on vis­i­ble dis­play from out­side.

Ch Insp Heath said: “We have had 14 of­fences re­ported this month, much higher than usual.

“We ex­pect the num­ber will be higher as many peo­ple don’t re­port to us, if low value items only are taken and no dam­age has been caused.”

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